The victim of a Mar. 24 fatal heli-skiing avalanche north of Revelstoke has been identified as Jannik Inselkammer, 45, of Munich, Germany.
According to a German-language Wikipedia page about him, Inselkammer was a Munich-area businessman who worked in the beer brewing industry. He was born into a brewing family and had several ownership stakes and managing director positions with various breweries over the years.
He is currently the head of Munich’s Augustiner Brewery and one German media account describes him as an “important landowner” in Munich. In a post to their website, Augustiner Brewery acknowledged his passing.
Online, he is pictured in many official photos, often hoisting a large beer stein alongside industry colleagues at brewing events.
He served as a chairperson for a Munich beer association and on the advisory board of a Bavarian brewers’ organization.
As part of his role as an association leader, he took on official ceremonial duties and beer festivals, appearing in official ceremonial garb.
As news of Inselkammer’s death broke in Germany on Mar. 25 and 25, several national German news media organizations have been in contact with the Revelstoke Times Review to follow up on the incident. Dozens of national and local media organizations are reporting the story on Mar. 26.
Leading newspaper www.tz.de forwarded the Times Review an advance copy of their Mar. 27 issue. News of Jannik Inselkammer’s passing dominates the front page, and the newspaper follows with three full pages of coverage on that story only, including details on the avalanche, reactions, stories on the implications for the Inselkammers’ family dynasty, and the family’s extensive real estate holdings.
A Munich journalist explained to the Times Review that Inselkammer’s ancestors, through their brewing empire, had over time become major landowners in Munich, and that he’d attained fame in Germany through his business dealings.